William Hurt Quits “Midnight Rider” After On-Set Death
William Hurt has dropped out of the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” after the on-set death of Sarah Jones.
Jones, 27, was tragically killed in February in an accident, when a train crossed a bridge where she was filming a scene for the film.
According to “The Hollywood Reporter,” Hurt has exited the project as director Randall Miller was gearing up to restart production.
In a letter obtained by the “L.A. Times” last month, the veteran actor shared the details of the crash to a friend.
Hurt explains that although no other trains were scheduled to cross the bridge that evening, they’d have one minute to get to safety.
“I took off my shoes, got on the heavy, metal hospital bed and began preparing… We didn’t have sixty seconds. We had less than thirty,” he reportedly wrote (via “L.A. Times”).
In March, Jones’s name was featured during the Oscars “In Memoriam” segment, and her death has started a movement regarding the safety standards of film crews.